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A path forward on school discipline in the shadow of Betsy DeVos’s dismantling of protections

Layla Avila, Evan Stone and Cami Anderson respond to the Trump administration’s decision to dismantle protections for our most vulnerable students.

Six Leadership Lessons From Harvard’s “Girl President” Drew Gilpin Faust

Barely a week old and 2019 has already been dubbed the “Year of the Woman” with unprecedented numbers of women being sworn into Congress and stepping up to lead influential organizations. But, it is one thing to get the job and quite another to do it well—especially when so many are scrutinizing you from the sidelines, waiting for you…

Even as suspensions fall, Memphis students are being kicked out of school longer, data shows

“Would you ever say to a 6-year-old, ‘Get out of my classroom until you learn to read?’” she said. “You actually have to teach behavior skills you want them to have. And exclusionary discipline just ignores that reality.”

It’s Time for a Discipline Revolution in Our Schools

by Cami Anderson It’s back-to-school season and, this year more than ever, it is time to rethink how we approach student discipline. Dramatic current events, a steady drumbeat of data and research and vocal activists have created an urgent case for change. For this reason, the families and educators I’ve had the pleasure of working…

Disparate School Discipline, the ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter, and Civil Rights — 5 Key Points That Get Lost in All the Noise

“As with many issues in our current discourse, key points that we should be talking about have gotten lost in an ideological food fight.”

Cami Anderson Sits Down with Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien sits down with Cami Anderson, founder of ThirdWay Solutions, the Discipline Revolution Project and former Superintendent of Newark public schools.

During Memphis visit, former Newark schools chief touts ways to change student discipline

Cami sits down with Chalkbeat to discuss the work she did in Memphis as part of her Discipline Revolution Project. 

The Push for Harsher School Discipline After Parkland

Some policymakers are considering whether to more aggressively punish student misbehavior in their effort to make campuses safer. The February 14 Parkland shooting that killed 17 people has led to a slew of policy proposals, including the headline-grabbing call from President Trump and others for laws that would arm educators with guns. There have also been appeals for schools…

‘Gun-free school zones’ take weapons from kids, not cops

by Greg Toppo WASHINGTON – President Trump has mocked the idea of a “gun-free” school zone in the weeks since a Florida rampage, saying schools should be heavily guarded and fortified and teachers should carry concealed guns, air marshal-style. “If schools are mandated to be gun free zones, violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter,”…

It’s ‘Back to School’ Time, but Punitive Discipline May Be Driving Some Students Away

by Cami Anderson It’s the time of year when we all hear a lot about kids going back to school. It is generally a time of great relief for lots of parents, excitement for educators looking to start fresh, and joy for kids who were bored over the summer. But, having spent over two decades…

Sparking a School Discipline Revolution

…there’s growing recognition in the education community, both from charter and district leaders, that we’ve helped create the school-to-prison pipeline and it is up to us to dismantle it.

ACLU leads discussion about school disciplinary reform

Organizations such as the Discipline Revolution Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona came together to foster a discussion about the mistakes schools make in disciplining students and how to better interact with students to promote academic achievement.

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